Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship
A Long-term Training Program for Youth in Nonviolent Action Organizing
The WWFOR runs the Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship (MYPF), a year-long Fellowship in Nonviolent Action Organizing that includes: 1) a Fellowship Grant, 2) a long-term training program that includes an initial online core training and ongoing elective workshops; and 3) ongoing support for youth organizers, ages 14-23, to work on a social change project of their choice.
Fellows learn about peace and justice issues, nonviolent campaign building, and gain skills such as public speaking, group leadership, digital organizing, media development, conducting surveys, public relations, outreach, and lobbying. The Fellows meet individual activists, visit organizations, are introduced to current hot issues, and are mentored by experienced activists, public figures, and community organizers from the Seattle area and beyond. Applicants are accepted from all over the country and are especially encouraged to apply from Washington State. Housing and other assistance can be provided during the training intensive for those not living in the Seattle area.
Working for Racial Justice
Fellowship of Reconciliation has a long history of working for racial justice. Many civil rights activists were (or still are) members of FOR including Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King Jr., and James Lawson. Locally we have worked for police accountability, economic justice, health care for all, and resolved to be anti-racism activists.
We are happy to see a racial justice awakening, especially among white people who have been in denial. We have never been in a “post-racial” society. We are grateful to the Black Lives Matter activists who are leading the way to a more just country. Let’s acknowledge our country’s shameful past and work to make a difference here and now! Several members of WWFOR’s Regional Council (our decision making body) have gotten together to work on racial justice; this group has compiled some useful resources. Click below for resources.
Resources for Racial Justice
Seeking to replace war, racism, and economic injustice with nonviolence, equality, peace and justice.
Since 1915, the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) has carried on programs and educational projects concerning domestic and international peace and justice, nonviolent alternatives to conflict, and the rights of conscience.